Associate Professor in Sociology

Dragvoll , Norway
12 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

Three full-time permanent positions as Associate Professor in Sociology are vacant at the Department of Sociology and Political Science. These posts are associated with the Department’s initiative in expanding teaching activities, including continuing education, together with research within the fields of work, organisation, technology and society, The academic fields of the positions are respectively:

  • Work and organisation
  • Technology and organisation
  • Technology and social change

The Department of Sociology and Political Science (ISS) is committed to carrying out research, teaching, and dissemination of knowledge in sociology, political science, sport science, and media studies. The Department has approximately 80 employees comprising 73 full-time equivalents involved in 11 study programs. ISS is characterised by strong disciplines with emphasis on sociology and political science, contributing to multidisciplinary study programs and research at NTNU. Sociology and political science also impact the Department`s sport science and media studies profile.

With regard to both teaching and research, we are committed to identifying and meeting the major challenges in society. It is an important objective of the Department to develop and disseminate knowledge required to solve problems and challenges facing Norway and the world community. Our study programs aim to provide our graduates with the skills required in the labour market, and enable them to contribute to the development of society. Research at ISS shall be of a high scientific standard, and contribute to the public debate and scientific development. Further information is available on

Responsibilities for all the positions

These comprise:

  • Specific responsibility for teaching and research in sociology, specifically within the academic field of this position, at all levels.
  • Participation in teaching activities in accordance with the current study program.
  • Contributing to further development of the academic field, study programs and teaching practice.
  • Contributing to continuing and further education courses.
  • Carrying out research within his/her professional field and special research interests.
  • Participation in one or more of the Department’s relevant research groups.
  • Administration of examinations.
  • Responsibility for administrative tasks.
  • Shared responsibility with other academic staff in the Department for academic matters.
  • Supervision of bachelor, master and doctoral candidates within his/her discipline.
  • Responsibility for dissemination of research findings.
  • Representing his/her own field of study and the Department’s discipline in local, national and international multidisciplinary research collaboration.
  • Contributing to development of the Department’s scientific policy.

The Associate Professor is obliged to conform with the regulations concerning changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.

Qualifications required for all positions

Documented comprehensive professional qualifications at a minimal doctoral level in sociology or equivalent relevant discipline is required. Particular importance is attached to the applicant’s future research potential, and whether this is in accordance with the strategic goals of the Department. Consideration is also given to originality and quality of scientific publication during the last five years (excluding parental  leave). We emphasize both Norwegian/Scandinavian and international publications. The will and ability for creative work in sociology and in cooperation with other disciplines will be considered an advantage. We will also consider the applicant’s will and potential for national and international research collaboration.

Applicants must document progression in research and publication, and present future research and publication plans. The successful applicants should also show ability and willingness to contribute to the long-term development of research activity in the Department. An assessment will be made of the applicant’s potential to develop new courses and programs of study within the discipline, and cooperation with working life in order to follow up further and continuing education.

We emphasize the importance of the applicant’s documented experience in teaching and supervision. Practical university pedagogic competence is required. Any individual employed without university pedagogic competence and without documented equivalent qualifications, will be required to attend and complete an approved course in university pedagogics within two years. UNIPED at NTNU offers such courses.

Particular importance is attached to personal skills such as independence, a solution-orientated, cooperative, creative approach, and motivation in contributing to a good working and social environment.

Pedagogical qualifications are also emphasised as well as the motivation to participate in the on-going development of the discipline’s teaching practice.  

Following the deadline for applications, a list of applicants will be compiled where those who are best qualified will be further assessed by an external scientific/professional committee. The top applicants from this assessment will be invited to undertake a pedagogical test including a trial lecture and an interview.

Salary and conditions of employment

Associate Professor, code 1011, carries a basic salary of NOK 515.200 per annum. The appointed persons will normally have an annual remuneration of NOK 515,200 to NOK 731,400, dependent upon qualifications. Two percent of gross salary is deducted as the contribution to the State Pension Scheme.

The overall requirements encompass research, teaching and administration. Time devoted to the respective areas will vary, but approximately equal time should be devoted to research and teaching.

Employees in academic positions who are not fluent in a Scandinavian language must acquire knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years, and at an equivalent standard to level three in the ‘Norwegian for Foreigners’ courses provided at the Department of Language and Communication Studies. NTNU offers such courses.

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The appointment is made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept any possible changes in work tasks.

It is a prerequisite that the appointed person takes up residence in order to be present and available for the institution as required.

We offer:

  • A vibrant research community in constant development
  • A sound working environment
  • Advantageous membership in training centres, and access to dynamic company sports
  • Possibility for loans at competitive rates in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Pension agreement in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


Applicants must submit three copies of the following documents within the closing date for applications:

  • Five academic works that the applicant regards as his/her most significant sociological contributions.
  • A short description of these works and their contribution to a specific academic field in the advertised position.
  • A comprehensive overview of all publications.

Joint works will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contribution by individuals in a joint work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of his/her contribution.

A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified applicants to apply irrespective of gender, disabilities or cultural background.

According to the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be open to public scrutiny even though the applicant has requested no to be included in the list of applicants.

Further information concerning this post may be obtained from Head of Department Toril Aalberg, e-mail:

For information about the application process, please contact Brith-Eli Åsland at HR section, email:

An application including attachments should be sent electronically via: SU-236. Relevant attestation and certificates must be attached electronically.

Application deadline: October 15, 2018

About this job

  • Deadline Monday, October 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 156959
  • Internal ID 2018/19147
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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